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Juvenile Arrested for Murder of 19-Year-Old Outside Wayside Market


At about 6:58pm Tuesday, Turlock Police, Turlock Fire, and American Medical Response responded to an aggravated assault that had just occurred in front of Wayside Market in the 700 block of Wayside Drive.

Several callers reported that a shooting had just occurred and that a victim was down in the roadway not moving.

When units arrived on scene, they found two victims with gunshot wounds. One of them, later identified as Amado Escobedo, 19, of Ceres, also known as Dominic, wasn’t breathing.

Despite lifesaving measures, Escobedo succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The other victim was transported by AMR to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Several different witnesses reported last seeing the suspect in several different locations. They also provided at least two completely different descriptions, due to the suspect changing clothes while fleeing. Officers thoroughly checked the area with the assistance of the sheriff’s helicopter, but were initially unable to locate the suspect.

Detectives were called out to the scene and took over the investigation. They determined that the involved parties knew one another and after a brief altercation, the shooting occurred.

Based on the evidence obtained and a thorough investigation, the suspect was identified as a 17-year-old boy from Turlock.

The following Monday, detectives responded to Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall where the 17-year-old was being held for an unrelated case.

The 17-year-old was rebooked on charges of murder and attempted murder.

Later that same day, a search warrant was served at the Turtle Creek Apartments in the 1200 block of Pioneer Avenue where additional evidence related to the investigation was seized.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with [the] victim’s family during this difficult time,” said Detective Blanc. “We hope the arrest of the suspect starts to bring some sense of closure as they continue to mourn the loss of Dominic.”

The investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information that could assist is encouraged to call Detective Blanc at 209-668-6540.

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